One of the seven wonders and the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 for his beloved Begum Mumtaz after her death.

Last week, a man from Madhya Pradesh finished the construction of a house inspired by the Taj Mahal in Burhanpur for his beloved wife.

The Reason Behind this Larger than Life Endeavour

Anand Prakash Chouksey, a 52-year-old teacher and a resident of Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh has attempted to make a Taj Mahal for his 48-year-old wife, Manju Shah. On being asked what inspired him to build a Taj Mahal for his wife, Chouksey replied, “What better than building a Taj Mahal’ There is everything but love in this love, this house is a symbol of my love for my wife just like Mumtaaz Mahal”.

Mr Anand has also revealed his curiosity about the Taj Mahal. He always fancied why the Taj Mahal was built in Agra on the banks of Yamuna instead of Burhanpur, on the bank of Tapti, which was initially authorized, and also where Mumtaz breathed her last.


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The Process of Building Taj Mahal

The engineer who was in charge of the project, Praveen Chouksey, has revealed the tenacious process of building the Mahal.

Mr Anand wanted to build a house that is 80 feet high but permission was not granted for such construction. Hence, he ended up building the 1:3 replica of the Taj Mahal.

Engineers and Mr Anand himself have studied the Taj Mahal thoroughly before starting the project on the ground level. The finished site has a dome that is 29 feet high with a ‘carve’ inside, made specially by artisans from Indore and Bengal.

The structure stands on 90 square meters of land with minarets while the basic structure occupies 60 square meters of space.

The construction started in 2018 and finished in the last quarter of 2021 taking approximately 3 years for this vision to come alive.


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What’s Inside This Luxurious Building?

Along with a dome that is 29 feet high, there are two bedrooms on each floor, with a big hall, one library, a meditation room and a kitchen.

The flooring of the house has been done with Makrana marbles from Rajasthan that were originally used for the construction of the Taj Mahal. The Makrana Marbles have been titled the ‘Global Heritage Stone’. The furnishing was built by the artisans in Mumbai.

The house shines bright in the dark just like the Original Taj Mahal, establishing a stunning presence at night.


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The Aftermath of this Ambitious Venture

This shining jewel has been getting a lot of attention on the internet.

This modern-day Taj Mahal has won the ‘Ultratech Outstanding Structure of MP’ award, as per a report by AajTak.

Anand Prakash Chouksey, the man behind this ambitious venture has been proud of his accomplishment. For him, this is a marvellous building that will turn into an unavoidable tourist attraction in Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh.